Three weeks ago, actor Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed made headlines when an FIR was lodged against them with regard to a music video of Saeed’s song Qubool that was shot at Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore. The case was registered at the Akbari police station in Lahore on the complaint of advocate Farhat Manzoor. The report said that the act of filming a music video at the mosque hurt the religious sentiments of the general public. The notice also requested for stern action against the mosque administration. The music video is picturized on Qamar and Saeed, while the latter has also directed the clip. In a recent development, an additional district and sessions judge has confirmed the pre-arrest bails of both the stars.
According to The Express Tribune, Qamar was wearing a ‘Burqa’ as she appeared before the court and her counsel consoled her after she got teary-eyed. The investigation officer (IO) told the court that the investigation has not been completed yet, adding that the complainant had not submitted the videos. The judge said the clips could be obtained from social media. The complainant’s counsel rejected the bail, arguing that Qamar and Saeed had committed an atrocious offense.
However, the petitioners’ counsel pleaded that the high-profile personalities had not committed any offense of disgracing the mosque but were being humiliated by being caught in a false case. They said there was no dancing nor music played at the mosque, adding that this was an attempt to malign the reputation of the actors. Speaking about the ongoing scandal, Saeed earlier apologised to the public in a video he posted on social media. “We realise what has happened over the past few days has hurt your sentiments deeply,” he captioned the post. “We as Muslims, as decent human beings and as artists will never, ever trivialise or condone disrespect to Islam or any other religion, race, caste, colour or creed. If we have unknowingly hurt anyone’s sentiments, we apologise to you all with all our heart.”